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The immigration interview is a critical step towards citizenship

One of the most important steps in the naturalization process is the interview with a representative of the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is critical to be as prepared as possible for this meeting. In this post we'll run through a few things an applicant should and shouldn't do during the interview.

First, people should dress as they would for an important business meeting and show up on time. They need to bring all their original documents and forms with them. People should know what's in their documents and be able to answer questions about them without constantly referring to them during the interview. People also need to listen carefully to the interviewer's questions and make sure they understand each question before giving an answer. If people don't understand a question, it is better to ask the interviewer to rephrase it than risk giving an incorrect answer. If people don't know the answer, say so -- people should not guess or say something they aren't sure is true.

Wrong-way drivers are a serious problem on Florida highways

A wrong-way driver presents one of the most dangerous scenarios possible on a Florida highway. When two vehicles collide head-on at high speed, death or catastrophic injury is all too often the result. Tragically, there have been a number of fatal wrong-way crashes in South Florida recently. Between 2009 and 2013 there were 280 wrong-way collisions statewide, resulting in 75 fatalities and 400 injuries.

One such crash occurred on Dec.30, when a 23-year-old woman in a Ford pickup was going south in the northbound lanes of I-95 at around 1:00 a.m. She hit a Hyundai Sonata head-on. The collision killed the woman, as well as four people in the Hyundai, and sent two more people to the hospital.

What are the categories for priority workers?

Twenty-eight percent of the total yearly limit of employment-based immigrant visas is given to priority workers. There are three groups of workers in the priority workers' category. These are:

-- People with abilities considered extraordinary. The abilities are in the arts, sciences, business, education or athletics. International or national recognition and acclaim must be documented. These applicants don't need to have a job offer if they are entering the U.S. in order to use their extraordinary abilities in the same field. These individuals file the Immigrant Petitions for Alien Worker, Form I-140 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service on their own.

Uber driver, company and others sued for death of 20-year-old man

If you've ever taken public transportation, you know that the injuries you or a family member suffer in a collision aren't going to be your fault. Who can you claim against, though? Is it the driver's fault, the company's liability, the second driver's error, or another factor influencing a claim? This family is trying to decide who to claim against and has, instead of filing against one person, filed against everyone involved in an accident that left their son dead.

A family in Miami is suing Uber and a driver whom they claim was negligent when he crashed the vehicle and killed one person. The man's family is trying to find out if the Uber driver had been distracted, tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash happened.

Getting the help you need to acquire citizenship

Immigrating to the United States is a lifelong dream for many people from countries without the opportunities available in our nation. Other times, visitors become so taken with the allure of life in America that they simply decide to stay, if possible. Our country is built upon a strong foundation of immigration; it is how so many of our families came to be here in the first place. While America still remains open to immigrants, the process is often quite a bit more difficult than people interested in relocating expect.

Florida is one of the states that experiences a high volume of interest in citizenship. As such, it is a state that offers those wishing to live here a lot of legal assistance. The Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt law firm has assisted many people in their journey from alien to new American citizen. Our attorneys are familiar with and experienced in all areas of immigration law from naturalization to acquiring temporary visas to building a defense against deportation.

Kids of any age struggle to adjust after international adoption

Adding to your family through international adoption can be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences in a parent's life. This is not to say it is easy. In fact, there are a number of challenges that come with not only becoming parents but with becoming parents of a child from another country.

As noted in this article on parenting.com, there are some challenges unique to international adoption that parents all across Florida may be facing at this very moment no matter how old their child is.

Study: Unauthorized immigration rates actually falling

It is all but inevitable that in any political debate, the topic of immigration will be brought up. It is a contentious one, to be sure, but too many people make the mistake of oversimplifying the extremely complicated laws and proposed laws related to immigration. This can lead to considerable confusion, wrongful assumptions and misguided decision-making. 

For instance, many people are under the assumption that the rate of people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico without proper permission is extraordinarily high and aggressive action needs to be taken to address the issue. But according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. from Mexico has actually declined in the past nine years.

Is there a path to permanent residence for my relatives?

If you are a citizen of the United States, you may be able to help your relatives gain permanent residence. A citizen of the U.S. can petition for a spouse or their children to apply for permanent residency. If you are unmarried, and over 21 years of age, you may also petition for your parents or siblings.

The first step is to file a petition (form I-130) for your relative. You must include proof of your relationship with the person. A separate form must be completed for each relative. Once the petition has been received by Immigration Services and approved, your relative is categorized and placed in line with other relative applicants from the same country and relative-status. The petition is placed at the back of the line for their category; petitions are worked in the order received. There are exceptions to this waiting period for the following family members: spouses, parents and children under 21. These family members do not have to wait in line, but are immediately processed.

You deserve fair treatment as an immigrant in the United States

Immigrating to the United States poses its own set of unique challenges. You may be applying for a work or study visa, or you could be looking to permanently move to the United States as a long-term resident. Even as a short-term visitor, you're given many of the same rights as citizens of the country.

If you feel you've been mistreated, for instance, you can seek out justice through the U.S. courts. If you're not being fairly treated in your workplace, then you can seek assistance, because you're entitled to fair treatment and pay. You are also entitled to report abuse without retaliation and to get the help you need from labor rights and immigrant groups.

What should I expect from the naturalization process?

"A Guide to Naturalization" needs to be read before anyone starts the naturalization process. It answers a lot of the common questions that people have about the process.

The next step is to complete the worksheet in the back of the guide. This will determine if you are eligible for naturalization. The worksheet will tell you if you are eligible, and if so, then you need to get an "Application for Naturalization" or Form N-400.

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